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NC school board approves new grading scale for high school

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North Carolina high school students will have more leeway to earn better grades starting with the next academic year which begins in August. Full story...
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Blue Cross allowing more comparison of NC medical costs

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North Carolina's largest health insurer is opening its databanks to let consumers compare the costs of elective procedures and drive down rising medical prices. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina on Wednesday unveiled its online tool intended to make it easy to compare costs that can differ by thousands of dollars. Full story...
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Tobacco companies criticize federal judge

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Tobacco companies say they are being forced by a federal judge to inaccurately call themselves unscrupulous villains who continue to deceive the American public. In an appeals court filing Wednesday, the industry says the statements ordered by the judge in a government lawsuit would only trigger public anger against the companies and should be scrapped. Full story...
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Lawmakers keep seeking jobless panel changes McCrory opposes

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The political fight between the North Carolina legislature and Gov. Pat McCrory over a state panel that considers final benefit appeals from the unemployed isn't going away even after McCrory vetoed a bill based on their differences. A legislative oversight committee recommended Wednesday that colleagues this year approve legislation staggering the terms of the three members of the Board of Review. That would mean one of McCrory's board appointees would have to step down this June. Full story...
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Duke Energy asks Carolinas' customers to reduce energy use

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Duke Energy is asking its customers in North Carolina and South Carolina to reduce electricity usage during the next 24 hours to help avoid potentially high energy demand caused by the extreme cold. A statement from the Charlotte-based utility says the most critical time to reduce usage is Thursday between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. Full story...
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Cold weather prompts school delays, energy conservation plea

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The coldest air of the winter is prompting some North Carolina school system to delay the start of classes and leading an energy provider to ask its customers to reduce their electricity use. Approximately a dozen school systems from the mountains to the coast are delaying starting times on Thursday to protect students from frigid early-morning temperatures that will combine with wind chills to dip into the single-digits. Full story...
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NC legislator going unaffiliated, wants to caucus with GOP

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A state House member from the Outer Banks announced Wednesday he's switching his voter registration from Democrat to unaffiliated and hopes to caucus with the Republican majority beginning with the new legislative session starting this month. Second-term Rep. Paul Tine of Kitty Hawk disclosed his decision Wednesday, a week before lawmakers return to Raleigh to elect new chamber leaders. Full story...
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3rd suspect arrested in vandalism of state-owned vehicles

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State Capitol Police have arrested a third suspect in connection with the vandalism of 65 state-owned vehicles and the theft of 23 gas fleet credit cards. A statement from the N.C. Department of Public Safety says 36-year-old Rodney Jermaine Wilson Sr. of Knightdale was arrested Tuesday after he turned himself in to authorities. He is charged with 48 separate felonies for breaking and entering vehicles, financial card thefts, and misuse and burning of personal property. The vandalism occurred last September and October, and two of Wilson's sons also face charges. Full story...
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Boehner shunned by 2 NC House members for speaker's post

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Two House Republicans from North Carolina declined to support John Boehner for a third term as speaker. Tuesday's televised roll call for the speaker's election had Reps. Walter Jones from the 3rd District and Mark Meadows of the 11th District each voting for Rep. Daniel Webster of Florida. Webster received the most votes from about 25 GOP defections to someone other than Boehner, who still won the speaker's job. Full story...
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McCrory joins other governors for DC meeting with Obama

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North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory says President Barack Obama was receptive to ideas about Medicaid reform and other issues during a discussion between the president, himself and three other governors. That's McCrory take from Tuesday's White House meeting with Obama and members of the National Governors Association's Executive Committee. McCrory joined the panel last summer. Full story...
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